As any rabid Arrested Development fan can attest, it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite character from the beloved show. They change so much from episode to episode, and it’s a rare enterprise in that everyone gets a brilliant, quotable line at some point.
David Cross’s Tobias Fünke is especially revelatory, be it his failed work as a Blue Man Group understudy or his never-nude affliction (“There are dozens of us! Dozens!”). Cross recently sat down with Rolling Stone to chat about the brand-new Arrested Development season, which will be carried by Netflix after a seven-year absence. It’s currently being filmed in Burbank, and here’s what Cross had to say about being back in his cut-offs:
“Well, the cutoffs themselves are great, because that first day of shooting we were in Burbank, and it was 102 degrees. It was a treat to be in the cutoffs. It’s great, and it’s a little surreal. I would say about half of the crew is back, the same crew from six years ago. We’re all older and people are married, have kids now. There’s no good way to do it. You’re not gonna sit around on set and shoot the shit for three hours and catch up. You just get there at 6:30 in the morning and go. And you know, an hour and half later you’re in front of the camera doing your first scene.”
Cross also thinks that one of the show’s hallmarks is its complex, intertwining plots, and he says the new episodes make “Lost look like a Spaulding Grey monologue. You’ll have to watch each episode more than once.” He’s also pretty vocal about the major networks’ cluelessness when it comes to how their audience actually watch TV, but he’s happy with Netflix’s hands-off approach. Read the full interview over at Rolling Stone.